Walden Famous Quotes
Quote 1. Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. Their fingers, from excessive toil, are too clumsy and tremble too much for that. Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be deprecated in the market. He has no time to be any thing but a machine.
Man is so occupied with labor and making money that we forget how to enjoy life. In modern society we are all busy buzzing around as bees gathering pollen that we don’t stop to taste the Honey
Quote 2. The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation
As much as we don’t like to admit it, humans are desperate beings that subconsciously group together when left alone. Humans are fragile, and desperate, despite how tough we may act.
Quote 3. So thoroughly and sincerely and we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change.
People want to live, and they thrive to stay healthy, and increase there life span. As children we think that life is so long, and can’t wait to grow up, and be adults. Although we don’t know that life goes by like a tide, young today old tomorrow. We people therefore like to be stable, and deny change thinking its bad for us.
Quote 4. None of the brute creation requires more then Food and Shelter. The necessaries of life for man in this climate may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several hands of Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel.
Today in this world we have so much more than we really need for survival. The world offers people many things, and sometimes with think we just can’t live without it. Although the truth is that for survival we won’t need our cell phones, laptops, cars, mp3 players, and many other accessories. As long as we have food to keep us alive, shelter to sleep in, something to cover our bodies and fuel to keep us warm, we’ll survive like that.
Quote 5. I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver letters.
The world today is filled of many things that have different values. Every man has a right to choose what he wants to know and store as knowledge. However, many people today have taken everything that’s thrown at them and they don’t know how to sort out the good from the bad. There cup of knowledge has filled up to the top, and they have no where to place anything worthy inside. They have forged the important, what could have expanded there pond of knowledge, and they still can but they have to figure it out.
Quote 6. My purpose in going to Walden Pond was not to live cheaply nor to live dearly there, but to transact some private business with the fewest obstacles
In live we have many problems, and each one is different in its ways. But there are those problems that are just too hard to solve, and every time people try to help you out, by making it bigger. Sometimes we just need to get away from society and its idealism to figure it out on our own.
Quote 7. An far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched
As a corporation they want create something that will abide the majority people. It doesn’t matter if your bill gates or some low page worker as long as you will buy their product. There goal as the corporation to figure out what will help them grow, and become a big player. Even if it means ripping of millions of people, whom ever they are, because there is no line interfering to what is done to get big bucks.
Quote 8. The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another.
We in America are counted as a top of a line country, with what we have earned through our founding father, who gave us the right to be free. Today with the blessing we have many foundations have been created to help the poor around the world. Red Cross is one of the foundation aids countries hit with mother natures disasters.
Quote 9. A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors, where there is no house and no housekeeper.
The best place for out doors is in the wild, where people haven’t inhabited. Where people haven’t brought there bad affect to wonderful world. That’s where you can beautiful and cultivating outdoors, for the ultimate vacation.
Quote 10. Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged?
If men had learn to do everything themselves, building homes, hunting, and taking care of their family, then life would be simple and so perfect. However not as perfect when a men would learn to construct the life, and made it simple for others to understand them. But we can’t choose for them, and there lives, they have to know what they really want to get an outcome.
Quote 11. Which would have advanced the most at the end of a month- the boy who had made his own jackknife from the ore which he had dug and smelted, reading as much as would be necessary for this- or the boy who had attended the lectures on metallurgy at the Institute in the meanwhile, and had received a Rodgers penknife from his father?
The boy who had to make his own jackknife advanced the most at the end of the month. He was the boy that didn’t just listen to lecture and dreamed about make a knife someday, but the boy who had the chance to make one. Having experience by finding this ore and smelted it, all by reading it from some book which taught him and he was skilled enough to make a knife by himself.
Quote 12. In short, I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial. It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow, unless he sweats easier than I do.
Life isn’t all about hard work to maintain yourself on the earth, but that we have to learn to make wise decisions and live a simply life. Many men and women of history learn the basics of life, and how to be player, not the one played by earth and its nature, and didn’t have to work hard to enjoy life and Mother Nature.
Quote 13. He who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.
Well I believe that you can’t make a stupid person to do smart and great things in life. I think that if you give the poor and needy what they need and help them, they will fall back into the same place after a while. However, after them knowing that there’s better in life, when they’ll fall they’ll feel like they have fallen into something worse then before. Every person has his place in life and how much you try
Quote 14. His goodness must not be a partial and transitory act, but a constant superfluity, which costs him nothing and of which he is unconscious.
Goodness is not something that is brief or limited to some one or something. People who are good will always to goodness to other, not only to the people who have done well to them, but to those who are the worst enemies. For what these people have done isn’t for praise, but out of sheer love and unawareness.
Quote 15. Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
Thoreau had isolated him self in the woods, where life was simple. He had become happy living in a place where he had to wake up every morning and had the choice of what to do, for it was his willing to do.
Quote 16. We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
The author says that there is no more encouraging fact than for a man to be able to feel the dawn and awaken without the pressure. I believe that for him, living in the woods, it was very possible to wake himself at dawn because his life in the woods was what he ever wanted in his life. Thoreau would go to sleep at night at a similar time, and every morning would awake at dawn which was a routine his organism became familiar with.
Quote 17. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Thoreau was inculcated in the society and he wished to dissociated form the society for he had live through many. Although after the separation from society he had noticed that he really hasn’t lived a worthy life. Now he can live a real life, because he has seen that before he left he wasn’t living.
Quote 18. Our life is frittered away by detail.
People today in this world look for to much perfection, cars, houses, and people. Get with the program we live in an imperfect world, where everything is corrupt. Having everything we need isn’t enough, because every day newer and newer products are coming out, and we try to get something better then we already have. This is a waste of money, a waste of life, and we just need to be happy with what we already have.
Quote 19. The nation itself, with all its so- called internal improvements, which, by the way are all external and superficial, is just such an unwieldy and overgrown establishment, cluttered with furniture and tripped up by its own traps, ruined by luxury and heedless expense, by want of calculation and a worthy aim.
The nation that claims to be just, free and so wonderful is not really that great, having is corruption and drama, and it own traps. Even with all its so called improvements, people haven’t change, and still are hungry for power. One after another promising that one or another way they will improve there nation. However, much can’t be change in this overgrown society, in which corruption is everywhere.
Quote 20. Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily.
The reason the men have failed to live life worthily, is because they have lost their innocents. Children are innocent and don’t choose between races, and love each other for one another. If the world was ran by children I would believe that we would have peace and love everywhere. There would be no need for money, and its value, because through love we would help each other survive. However, this will never happen, it’s an Ethiopia, which explains the need for a government and police for civil control.
Quote 21. Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.
Let us have a day with a nature, be one with it and lets not be afraid of those who are smaller then us because where humans who dominate the world. We should be afraid of them, because then we show a weakness, allowing terror to rip us apart.
Quote 22. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
No man is as wise as the day when he was born in to the world. Every man begins with an amount of intelligences, and the older they get begin to loose what they had and till they become so stupid they forget who they are.
Quote 23. Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
In the olden days having books, meant you had some type of knowledge, which brought people wealth. The knowledge in olden days was so obscure to the people and there only education came through books. These books began to be cherished as wealth and past down each generation.
Quote 24. Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to.
Quote 25. That is the uncommon school we want. Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.
It is not up to teachings of the teachers and the wise men that educate a person but from the man’s self desire to learn and put together his of life. It is that desire that thirst for knowledge that will make a noble man surround himself with the brilliance of books, painting, sculptures, music which had been made by geniuses of history. If people contain that desire within them, they will start with an empty cup, ready to fill it up with the greatest knowledge of the world.
Quote 26. No method or discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert.
In this world anything can happen and we have to forever on the alert so we could survive. No matter how much we discipline our selves with the knowledge of the world, we will never be ready be ready for something to happen, but we have to be able to see things coming to supersede them.
Quote 27. I am refreshed and expanded when the freight train rattles past me, and I smell the stores which go dispensing their odors all the way from Long Wharf to Lake Champlain, reminding me of foreign parts, of coral reefs, and Indian oceans, and tropical climes, and the extent of the globe. I feel more like a citizen of the world
A citizen is someone part of a group, a society, which survive on each other, because we have made it complicated. However, it’s that every man has is ability and still, and this what make you a citizen when you can give something to the society.
Quote 28. Now that the cars are gone by and the entire restless world with them and the fishes in the pond no longer feel their rumbling, I am more alone than ever.
When every thing passes by, and all is quiet, I finally realize that I’m alone. The night has come, where there is peace and quiet, and I can finally be free from everything that goes on. This moment is all I have been waiting for, although I more then ever scared sometime to feel all alone.
Quote 29. There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of nature and has his senses still.
The one in the nature should not be afraid of dangers in the nature. Being in the middle of the nature shouldn’t be a problem for people, unless he/she is emotionally unstable, which will cause many problems, emotional break down, suicidal attempt and even death. The nature is a powerful place, where the man began life, the beauty of world is left behind, and where man can become one with his surrounding.
Quote 30. Can we not do without the society of our gossips a little while under these circumstances- have our own thoughts to cheer us?
Every person likes to talk a little about someone else, and that’s all what is needed to be called gossip. The world even promotes gossip through newspaper, television, magazines, and the network. Many people gossip because it makes them feel better, but they forget that when people begin to gossip people begin to lose respect for them.
Quote 31. I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was as companionable as solitude.
Every person looks for a mate, and Thoreau hasn’t found that person that would make a perfect knot. His theory is that if there not what I’m looking for it’s better to be alone. Today’s society is much different, and people want to have a companion and do so much, even it not there type because there desperate. That is what has because many problems like divorce, young pregnancy, and fast sexual transmitted disease because they don’t know what they really want.
Quote 32. I think that I love society as much as most, and am ready enough to fasten myself like a bloodsucker for the time to any full-blooded man that comes in my way. I am naturally no hermit, but might possibly sit out the sturdiest frequenter of the bar-room, if my business called me thither.
Quote 33. Yet I never, by any maneuvering, could get him to take the spiritual view of things; the highest that he appeared to conceive of was a simple expediency, such as you might expect an animal to appreciate; and this, practically, is true of most men.
Quote 34. Girls and boys and young women generally seemed glad to be in the woods.
Young hearts are very adventurous at there age, and are glad to be in the woods, to discover the unknown. However not only in the woods the young hearts love to adventure knew things, ideas and places to learn something new. However, many love doing this without pressure, and this is how many of them have learned the most in life.
Quote 35. We are wont to forget that the sun looks on our cultivated field sand on the prairies and forests without distinction.
The sun represents the God who loves everyone the same, and his heat of love is so great. When God is blessing the people he doesn’t look at one type, but all because he has created this all. He is willing to except every man as long as he is able to except him into there hearts.
Quote 36. Therefore we should receive the benefit of his light and beat with a corresponding trust and magnanimity.
Thoreau had been talking about the seeds of life, and how it’s important to receive light for growth. The seed must beat the shell with believe and will crack and produce life that was so hard to find at first. The great thing about nature is that is has so much mysteries to be solved. And some one has to crack it shell.
Quote 37. The village appeared to me a great news room.
The news that appeared to be so great was just gossip passed around, and it only took one man to start it. This doesn’t just happen in the village, but every where we go today people judge on another and begin to gossip about one another. People should stop gossiping because they should fallow the golden rule, to unto other as you would want other to do unto you.
Quote 38. Signs were hung out on all sides to allure him; some to catch him by the appetite, as the tavern and victual ling cellar; some by the fancy, as the dry goods store and the jeweler’s; and others by the hair or the feet or the skirts, as the barber, the shoe-maker, or the tailor. 7:56
We live in a capitalist society where every one needs money to survive, and where ever we go we see advertisement that try to catch our attention and lure us into them. There main goal is to get you in the store, and there’s always something that catches your eye, which they want to happen so then you would spend your money.
Quote 39. It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time.
One life lesson is experience, where you learn on your own from failure. I have done many things in life that I screw up on, but through failure I learned not to do that ever again. Today when I ever begin to do something, there’s always a memory of the past life I lived already so I won’t screw up.
Quote 40. Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.
I think this quote applies to every thing we take for granted, and thinking we’ll always have it. The truth is you begin to cherish something after you lose it, but we need to learn to respect everything because it won’t be there forever. Especially the wise old men who have lived thought it all, and our parents for them won’t be there forever.
Quote 41. It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run “amok” against society; but I preferred that society should run “amok” against me, it being the desperate party.
Every man is scared from getting attacked by other, and every one believes that there being attacked. So the theory is too attacked before some on else attacks you, but no one really wants violence to occur in the society. Mayhem isn’t something that will cause change, but corruption to the people.
Quote 42. I am convinced that if all men were to live as simply as I then did, thieving and robbery would be unknown. These take place only in communities where some have got more than is sufficient while others have not enough.
Thoreau is say that simple lives cause fewer problems, and people wouldn’t have a need for many things, but more for philosophy answers. The one thing is that not every man was built for the same thing, that’s why is so hard to satisfy a group of people because everyone has there goals.
Quote 43. It was very queer, especially in dark nights, when your thoughts had wandered to vast and cosmogonal themes in other spheres, to feel this faint jerk.
Well something is pulling, his strings, and he is surprised how this happens in awkward moments of the night. He feels like that there’s more than what people have told him all his life and he wants to figure it out.
Quote 44. A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.
The lakes are being compared to the human bodies, and how beautiful it all is. The trees next to the shore are like eyelashes, and the hills, and cliffs, eye brows. Basically, where trying to say that humans are ultimately the greatest things God created on earth, and everyone is like us.
Quote 45. In such a day, in September or October, Walden is a perfect forest mirror, set round with stones as precious to my eye as if fewer or rarer. Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. Sky water. It needs no fence. Nations come and go without defiling it.
Thoreau is talking about the beauty of lakes, and how they reflected there beautiful surroundings. Surrounded by precious stones, and it needs no fence, for many nations come and go without corrupt it, for only other nature could move it.
Quote 46. How much more beautiful than our lives, how much more transparent than our characters, are they!
Thoreau contrasts the beauty and the transparency of lakes and ponds to the human life and character. People disregard and neglect the lakes all over the world, trashing and dumping trash into water, many lakes and the life is being destroyed by our carelessness. People are too occupied with their lives to care about preserving and saving nature. Nevertheless, if we don’t take action now, man kind will one day realize that they have destroyed Mother Nature, only then, it will be too late.
Quote 47. …yet he had rated it as a gain in coming to America, that here you could get tea, and coffee, and meat every day. But the only true America is that country where you are at liberty to pursue such a mode of life as may enable you to do without these, and where the state does not endeavor to compel you to sustain the slavery and war and other superfluous expenses which directly or indirectly result from the use of such things.
So this country American that he had come said to be so great, where there would be exactly what you want. However, it was nothing like he had dreamed it to be, the country had its own problems like slavery, discrimination, and harassment. Sometimes even the greatest place isn’t the best place on earth.
Quote 48. As I was leaving the Irishman’s roof after the rain, bending my steps again to the pond, my haste to catch pickerel, wading in retired meadows, in sloughs and bog-holes, in forlorn and savage places, appeared for an instant trivial to me who had been sent to school and college; but as I ran down the hill toward the reddening west, with the rainbow over my shoulder, and some faint tinkling sounds borne to my ear through the cleansed air, from I know not what quarter, my Good Genius seemed to say- Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day- farther and wider- and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving.
Wherever Thoreau’s went his heart has spoke of the desire for hunting, fishing ‘far and wide, day by day”. That is the life style one can only maintain Thoreau, who had isolating himself from society. People in life are too much preoccupied with working in order to make a living and obtain the material wealth that we believe will bring us joy which is not the case for material wealth is only temporary.
Quote 49. I found in myself, and still find, an instinct toward a higher, or, as it is named, spiritual life, as do most men, and another toward a primitive rank and savage one, and I reverence them both. I love the wild not less than the good. The wildness and adventure that are in fishing still recommended it to me. I like sometimes to take rank hold on life and spend my day more as the animals do.
So each man feels that there is something missing in him, something beyond humanistic ideas. Some pursuit to figure out the truth in between all the lies people have made up. Since I was a little kid my parents have gone to a Christian church, where I had been taught about one and only God. He had came down onto earth in a different form, as a human being to save us from our sins, and died on the cross. However, others seem to find it hard to the real God and pursuit there wild creature.
Quote 50. Fishermen, hunters, woodchoppers, and others, spending their lives in the fields and woods, in a peculiar sense a part of Nature themselves, are often in a more favorable mood for observing her, in the intervals of their pursuits, than philosophers or poets even, who approach her with expectation. She is not afraid to exhibit herself to them.
Fishermen, hunters, woodchoppers and others who spend their life in the woods adapt to nature and certainly understand it more than neither any poet nor a philosopher. Nature is what they are a part of and what grows to be a part of them, giving them he real perspective of the nature.
Quote 51. Such is oftenest the young man’s introduction to the forest, and the most original part of himself. He goes thither at first as a hunter and fisher, until at last, if he has the seeds of a better life in him, he distinguishes his proper objects, as a poet or naturalist it may be, and leaves the gun and fish-pole behind.
As young men, we don’t really think about the nature at first, but want to be active and enjoy our time by hunting and finishing. Finally, we begin to see the bigger picture, and the real meaning, and we drop those occupations. The beauty of is that we have found out that all this time people wanted to keep us occupied so we wouldn’t have time to think, and admire the nature.
Quote 52. I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food
Thoreau wants to say that people who stay away from meat or animal food will stay in a better shape then those who consume meat. I agree with Thoreau, and because that meat has because many problems to the human body, not like fruits and vegetables that stay clean without transmitted diseases, or illnesses.
Quote 53. Whatever my own practice may be, I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.
Thoreau is try to state that savages use to eat other tribe members, but later on became more civilized and on eat of on animals. However, soon or later we stop eating meat and just live of on fruits, and vegetables. Just like in the bible, where God’s original plan was to have the mankind as vegetarians, feeding their bodies with the fruit of the land. However, after the Adam and Eve had sinned, the paradise dominating the earth at that time was destroyed and man had turned into a savage, and made them kill animals and eat them.
Quote 54. Who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?
Human bodies are one huge organism that it made of smaller organisms, which are made up of cells. When we breathe, the air goes into our lungs which then transport the air into every individual cell. So what every a man has inside his heart, his whole body breaths and if its intoxicated then no matter how much we try to hide it, it will find a way to show itself.
Quote 55. We are conscious of an animal in us, which awakens in proportion as our higher nature slumbers.
Every person has an animal inside him, and spiritual ghost from when their born. Nevertheless we have to learn to control them both, so we could be able to life with the society. If men don’t learn to control there beast, they’ll be but in jail so it won’t affect everyone else in the society.
Quote 56. From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality.
If a man places effort in his work, he would become wise and decent, and earn what he needs and desires in life. However, if he chooses to be lazy and not do anything he will become ignorant, and he will only have desire for sensual pleasures.
Quote 57. Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his neither own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
God had created humans in the shape and form of his resemblance, and gave us the world he created to live in. He has given us beyond what is need to keep our body perfect, and wants us to worship him for what he has done for us. Men have abused this, which has cause many disease, and problems in the society.
Quote 58. Shall I go to heaven or a-fishing? If I should soon bring this meditation to an end, would another so sweet occasion be likely to offer? I was as near being resolved into the essence of things as ever I was in my life.
Thoreau is trying to figure our how a man can live great on earth and then go to heaven for eternity and live there so great to. It some how doesn’t make sense, it would be too good to be true. Though he was really close to figuring out the spiritual things in his life, but his just losses all his thought thinking about losing the meaning.
Quote 59. It was the only battle which I have ever witnessed, the only battle-field I ever trod while the battle was raging; internecine war; the red republicans on the one hand, and the black imperialists on the other.
There where two sides fighting for one cause, for power of the government. Each side gave up their life, and all they had to win this battle. Witnessing this, Thoreau was surprised how this happens, and he wasn’t into battles, because he himself found no point in them.
Quote 60. This would have been the right kind of cat for me to keep, if I had kept any; for why should not a poet’s cat be winged as well as his horse?
There was this animal that interested Thoreau, it was a mix of different animals itself, part cat, flying- squirrel, fox. This creature was very abnormal, but some how fit the nature of Thoreau, who was abnormal to many people at his time, in his ways.
Quote 61. I withdrew yet farther into my shell, and endeavored to keep a bright fire both within my house and within my breast.
It was a harsh winter, and the winter was cold, and the snow every where. The snow was covering him deeper and deeper, and farther in the shell, and he was having a battle to keep himself, and his heart warm. He was keeping hope that he could survive though the winder, keeping his faith warm.
Quote 62. . For human society I was obliged to conjure up the former occupants of these woods.
In the woods, Thoreau learns to survive on his own, through the sunny summer, and blistering cold winters. He was a tough guy, which was obliged to help his former native who could make it though hard days, because he had the knowledge and skill.
Quote 63. I think that he must be the man of the most faith of any alive. His words and attitude always suppose a better state of things than other men are acquainted with, and he will be the last man to be disappointed as the ages revolve.
Thoreau meets a man who the greatest faith alive on earth, and always look at the positive side of things.
Always see having more then you have, something that Thoreau wanted to be like, and then his life would be much simpler, enjoyable, and life won’t be so harsh after all.
Quote 64. I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
Wild animals usually don’t contact with humans and this when it happen is stunning. One day Thoreau had a privilege when a sparrow had landed on his shoulder for a moment. This was so cool for Thoreau, he felt like he had made a contact with the nature itself.
Quote 65. The partridge and the rabbit are still sure to thrive, like true natives of the soil, whatever revolutions occur.
This quote is literal, meaning what ever happens in the world, the partridge and the rabbit will till increase in population. We learned in biology that these to animals mate like crazy and double and triple in months. The partridge and the rabbits are said to be the true natives to the soul, because they can live though everything like nothing happened.
Quote 66. Thus it appears that the sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well. In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagvat-Geeta,
This man had noticed the philosophy teachings of Bhagvat-greeta to be true, and make sense. Bhagvat-greeta must have studied the solar system, and theories of creation, to be able to teach others who had little knowledge of life formation. Those others would sit by him like sponges and absorb all his knowledge out of his sponge.
Quote 67. Walden was dead and is alive again.
This quote isn’t a literal statement that Walden died and arose from the death, like Jesus. However, its more a spiritual quote that one time Walden heat of love in his heart dead of an froze, where he didn’t feel any emotions and everything in live didn’t matter. One day his heart melted down, and he began to live again, and feel the love.
Quote 68. We need the tonic of wildness- to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. 8:53
Today in the world we’re so busy we don’t have time to notice the nature. Where filled with all this activities of knowledge, and work, that only thing that can cool us down, is the place we came from, nature. The beauty and sense of calmness of the nature just brings us back to our nature, and if we don’t keep our relationship with nature we won’t be able to survive, without exploding.
Quote 69. We need to witness our own limits transgressed
In life we have many choices, some are risky, and beyond what we have done. However if we don’t take the risk and go beyond our normal limits we wont accomplish much, or anything. Its those men in history that risked there lives for others, for freedom, and equal rights like Jesus, Martin Luther King, Lutheran, and many others, making there mark in the history of man kind.
Quote 70. Direct your eye right inward and you’ll find A thousand regions in your mind yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be Expert in home-cosmography.
We humans believe that after a while we know everything, but we just have to look around us, and we know hardly anything. Our mind is like a pond in the middle of a forest and every time the pond expands, the boarder of unknown also expands. Our pond might have gotten bigger, though we have noticed that there is so much more undiscovered.
Quote 71. I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined; he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, or poverty, or weakness.
Thoreau has stated that a man with goals to accomplish great things with confidence and determination he will succeed his goals. Every man has boundaries, but to accomplish new thing you must be willing to expand them to the next level. With this nothing will be able to stop from accomplishing, nor solitude, nor poverty, nor weakness.
Quote 72. Some are dinning in our ears that we Americans and moderns generally, are intellectual dwarfs compared with the ancients, or even the Elizabethan men. But what is that to the purpose? A living dog is better than a dead lion. Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.
Every genius that lived on earth was rejected at times, and his brilliance of work has grown over years. I have to admit the each generation that lived always looks up to the previous generation and always wasn’t quiet as brilliant as the other. When looking at the ancient societies I have noticed a pattern of fall down of knowledge. The first pyramids where constructed big, and glorious, but generations down each pyramid build was never as glorified as the one before. However today our society looks at the pyramids and is thrilled with what they created, and compare ourselves. For the society to learn respect a genius, he goes through a cycle of torture, and reject.
Quote 73. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Every man is born with a different amount of intelligence, and every man has his own calling in life. Today’s society doesn’t respect the difference of intelligence, but makes fun of those who are behind, and others for who are beyond there peers. Every army has their own drummer, and its pace, some are faster, others slower, so don’t be surprised when you get attacked.
Quote 74. However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not as bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house.
Every man has one life to live, and he has the choice to live it right. So take the life you where given and stop complaining, because it wont change it, but you’re the only one who can make the best of it. Though you might not be poorest man on earth, ever man will have his five minutes of fame.
Quote 75. Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.
Well this quote relates to more to religion than anything, and how when a person is ultimately shy they tend to be the ultimate child from heaven. People who tend to be really shy grow be nice, courteous, loving, and innocent, qualities like that; many parents want to find this in children, and youth in their soul mates, and friends in their friends.